The 2006 American Society of
Cinematographers (ASC) Jordan Cronenweth Heritage Award will be presented to
Brian Burgoyne of the American Film Institute (AFI), Rodrigo Rocha-Campos of
Florida State University (FSU), and Joseph White from the University of
Southern California (USC). The ASC Heritage Award is given annually to a
graduating or recently graduated film school student from a university in the
United States. The presentation will be made during the 20th Annual ASC
Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 26, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency
"Our purpose is to reach out to film students and encourage talented young
people to pursue their dreams," says Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, who chairs the
organization's Education Committee. "Our jury consisted of some of the
world's most gifted cinematographers who thought these young filmmakers
deserve to be recognized for their artful visual story-telling."
Burgoyne earned a bachelor's degree in film from New York University prior to
"The ASC represents such an incredible legacy of artistry and integrity,"
Burgoyne says. "The amazing work of their members inspires me every day. I am
incredibly grateful for this recognition."
Burgoyne submitted THE RED VEIL, one of his AFI thesis films directed by
Tarik Karam that follows a young woman in an isolated village who works as a
dancer at a saloon but must overcome difficult circumstances to pursue a new
life when traveling performers come to town. Burgoyne shot the film in
spherical 35 mm on Kodak Vision2 5218 film with camera equipment from
Clairmont Camera. The film was processed with an answer print made at
Rocha-Campos earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Central Florida.
He taught basic and intermediate cinematography for two semesters after
graduating. Rocha-Campos went on to earn a master's in film production from
FSU in August 2005.
"I screened BLADE RUNNER for one of my classes to show the students examples
of modern film noir and a high contrast look," Rocha-Campos says. "After the
lecture, the students and I went to the sound stage to emulate Jordan
Cronenweth's (ASC) remarkable cinematography in that classic film. What an
honor it is to receive an ASC award named after him."
Rocha-Campos' short thesis film THE RESURRECTIONIST is a horror movie about a
gravedigger who gets more than he bargained for when he tries to deliver a
stolen corpse to a medical school. It was produced in the Super 16 mm format
on Kodak Vision2 7218 film with a DI process done at Cineworks in Miami, and
finished in HD and DigiBeta.
White received a bachelor's degree from the New York University Tisch School
of the Arts in cinema studies, focusing on film theory and criticism. White
earned a master's degree from USC in May 2004.
"It is almost impossible for me to describe my feelings of being recognized
by cinematographers who have inspired me," White says. "My dream is to join
their ranks someday."
White shot ROGUE 379 for fellow USC student writer-director Douglas Choi. The
thesis film chronicles the exploits of a CIA assassin who must cope with the
dilemma of assimilating his convictions and morals in order to do his job.
The film was shot in the anamorphic format on 35 mm Kodak Vision 500T 5279
and Kodak Ektachrome 100D Color Reversal 5285 stocks. White utilized a
Moviecam Compact with anamorphic Clairmont primes and a Cooke zoom lens. He
cross-processed a lot of the film to create a visual dichotomy between the
character's past and present. FotoKem processed the film and color timing was
done at Deluxe, with a 35 mm print made on Kodak Vision Premier film.
Kovacs notes that the 2006 ASC Heritage Award is dedicated to the memory of
Cronenweth who made enduring contributions to advancing the art of
cinematography. Cronenweth earned his first cinematography credit in 1970 for
BREWSTER MCCLOUD. His credits include such classics as BLADE RUNNER, ALTERED
STATES, CUTTER'S WAY, ZANDY'S BRIDE, THE FRONT PAGE, ROLLING THUNDER, GARDENS
OF STONE, STATE OF GRACE, as well as occasional telefilms such as BIRDS OF
PREY and the landmark documentary U-2: RATTLE AND HUM. He won the first ASC
Outstanding Achievement Award in 1987 for PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED. His last
feature credit was FINAL ANALYSIS in 1992. Cronenweth died in 1996 at the age
The 20th Annual ASC Awards ceremonies will be preceded by an open house at
the ASC clubhouse at 1782 N. Orange Dr. and an Internet chat with the
nominees and award winners (www.theasc.com) on February 25, 2006.
ASC Names Student Heritage Award Honorees
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